Municipal Charities of Stratford-upon-Avon


A charity with a long tradition, based in Stratford upon Avon,

providing supported housing and financial assistance for local people  


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Bloomin' Marvellous

Posted by Ros Dobson on October 15, 2016 at 8:00 PM

Delighted to say that St Joseph's Homestead, another local almshouse charity administered by the trustees of the Municipal Charities of Stratford upon Avon, was awarded first place in the Community Category in this year's Stratford in Bloom competition.  Well done to the residents and Nick Stephens (gardener).

Tyler House

Posted by Ros Dobson on March 3, 2016 at 2:20 PM

Thanks to the historic William Tyler Charity which holds a small property and land portfolio, Tyler House, close to the town centre in Tyler Street, will soon be buzzing again.

A substantial grant from the Town Trust has enabled Stratford Samaritans to renovate Tyler House from which Rachel Key, Manager, will run the innovative Community Hub for the benefit of the local community. If you are a charitable or not for profit organisation, this new venue could be just what you are looking for to run weekly events, meetings, etc. Their website will be launched officially on 8 March 2016 -

Change of Chairman

Posted by Ros Dobson on August 14, 2014 at 4:15 PM

We would like to place our thanks on record to Tim Hewson-Stoate for giving of his time and expertise so readily during the last five years, two of which he served as Chairman. After deciding to stand down as trustee, Tim handed over his role as Chairman to Jenny Howard at our AGM in June. Congratulations Jenny!

Stratford in Bloom

Posted by Ros Dobson on August 14, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Congratulations are due to the residents of Guild Cottages!


All their hard work in the rear gardens has paid off; they have been awarded first prize in the Community category by Stratford in Bloom. Details of the other winners can be found at


Posted by Ros Dobson on April 1, 2013 at 9:00 PM

The Trustees would like to say a massive thank you to the Grants Committee of the Stratford Town Trust ( for the magnificent grant of £22,000 awarded towards the cost of refurbishing the stone porches at the Mary Newland's Almshouses.   This gift, which has taken a great weight off our shoulders, is a one-off award in recognition of the heritage aspect of these almshouses.  

We would also like to record our thanks to the Trustees of the Baron Davenport's Charity (based in Birmingham), who have awarded a grant of £5,000 towards this project.  

As soon as the warmer spring weather arrives, we plan to proceed with the repairs to the porches and it will be wonderful to see these unique buildings restored to their former glory.

Finally, many thanks to the Baron Davenport’s Charity for its additional support by way of the further generous gift of £4,000 towards the redecoration costs of the cottages belonging to the John Roberts Almshouse Charity.   It is such a comfort to know that we have friends not too far away who are so genuinely mindful of the almshouse ethos.


Posted by Ros Dobson on August 31, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Unfortunately, our organisation will not be participating in the Heritage Open Days Event this year. 

Nevertheless, if you are visiting Stratford-upon-Avon, you will still have the opportunity to view the outside of our traditional almshouses in Church Street, located next to the King Edward VI School.


Posted by Ros Dobson on July 15, 2011 at 6:09 AM

Our trustees and residents are delighted that the Town Trust has awarded a "hardship grant" for the benefit of the residents of one of our almshouse charities. 

The Trust gave £1,000 towards the cost of secondary glazing for the front windows at The Mary Newland's Almshouses in Guild Street.  Although the windows have sealed double-glazed units, our property surveyor recommended that the addition of secondary glazing would be of great benefit - not only helping to save our residents' heating costs but also reduce the noise of the traffic on the busy road outside.  This improvement is of significant pertinence following the recent hikes in fuel prices.

On behalf of our residents, the trustees would like to say THANK YOU!

Every year, Stratford Town Trust supports good causes, mainly through grants to local communities, groups and individuals, helping those in need and enriching the lives of people in Stratford-upon-Avon.  

The Trust's purposes cover a range of charitable activities such as:-

Helping people who are in need - for example because they are elderly, disabled, poor, physically or mentally ill, lonely or frightened

Providing facilities (such as buildings and equipment) or services to give people more opportunity for Education and Personal Development, taking part in recreation, leisure pursuits or amateur sport, taking part in, or enjoying, arts, culture and science

Supporting things which benefit the people of Stratford. For instance protecting the environment, preserving our heritage, promoting human rights and social harmony, promoting Christianity and other religions, preventing crime, civic pride

Since 2001, the Trust has approved more than 1000 grants. Its trustees have:

•   Provided substantial grants to all the schools in Town

•   Supported countless community groups for people of all ages

•   Assisted community arts organisations

•   Funded the Christmas Lights and Stratford in Bloom

•   Helped numerous people suffering from poverty and other problems

If you think the Town Trust can help you or your organisation, visit their website -

Heritage Open Days Event

Posted by Ros Dobson on September 7, 2010 at 6:39 AM


We are taking part in the Stratford-upon-Avon Heritage Open Trail this year (see Calendar).  This will enable you to visit parts of Stratford's Heritage not normally open to the general public.  Most of the other places of interest are within close walking distance - The Guild Chapel, Hall's Croft, Holy Trinity Church, King Edward VI School, Masonic Hall, Robert Lunn & Lowth (the town's original jail), Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Town Hall.   St Andrew's Church in Shottery, not far from Anne Hathaway's Cottage, can be reached via a pleasant half-hour walk or using local transport.

Thanks to Warwickshire County Council and

Posted by Ros Dobson on June 20, 2010 at 3:01 PM

At the end of June 2010, sadly due to financial cutbacks, we will no longer be able to take advantage of the free hosting of our original website via Warwickshire County Council. However, thanks to their webmaster's help, we found this fantastic web-building and web-hosting site ( on which we have been able to set up a brand new website with loads of great facilities – at no cost whatsoever to our organisation. We have transferred our domain name ( to this new site but we can also be accessed via We would like to take this opportunity to record our thanks to for providing this wonderful service for our organisation.

Bloomin' Marvellous

Posted by Ros Dobson on

Delighted to say that St Joseph's Homestead, another local almshouse charity also administered by the trustees of the Municipal Charites of Stratford upon Avon was awarded first place (Community catgegory) in this year's Stratford in Bloom competition.